Ask an European Space Agency Scientist

Do you have a question about the Moon? Ask a Space Scientist! During Lunar Week (10 – 15 May  2011) Professor Bernard Foing, a Space Scientist at the European Space Agency, will be answering your questions about the Moon.

Perhaps you have always wondered what the Moon is made of, or how the Moon was formed, or even how humans or robots might explore the Moon in the future. Whatever your question about the Moon please send it to us by completing the form available here:

The answers to the best questions will be posted on the AWB and GTTP website.

Remember to provide your email address. Without it we will not be able to send you an answer to your question. We will do our best to respond to all the questions that are submitted however this may not be possible due to a high volume of questions.


Professor Bernard H. Foing:

Space Scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA)


Born in France, Bernard is a graduate from the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure of Education and Technology and became Professor Agrégé of Physical Sciences. He obtained his PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques working on a sounding rocket ultraviolet camera experiment at Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France. Following his studies Bernard worked as a researcher at CNES and spent 3 years in Chile as an astronomer at the European Southern Observatory. In 1989 he joined ESA as a scientist, where his varied roles have included being a co-investigator for a number of missions such as; Mars Express and COROT. Bernard has edited 18 books and organised over 50 international conferences as well as published over 170 scientific papers including a number about lunar and planetary science. In addition, Bernard was the Project Scientist for SMART-1, the first ever European spacecraft to travel to the Moon, and in addition to his continued research, he serves now as Executive Director of the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG).



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